In keeping with this year's theme of transboundary waters and at Daniel Collins' excellent suggestion, I am highlighting a transboundary water theme - in this case, transboundary ground water. View all the waterbloggers' synchroblogged transboundary posts.
Let me mention five important publications/events:
1) Here is the recently-released UNESCO-IHP publication of the draft articles of Transboundary Aquifers: Managing a Vital Resource prepared by the UNILC. It's no longer a draft; it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2008.
2) UNESCO-IHP and IGRAC (Netherlands) formally unveiled the map of the world's 273 shared (transboundary) aquifers at 5WWF. This is a significant event. Why? It'll bring much-needed attention to the issue of TG GW and do for TB GW what the transboundary river basins map did for the TB SW issues. Policymakers and decisionmakers will be informed.
Oddly enough, I could not find obvious links to the aforementioned on the WWD site, especially item(2) [Note: Peter Letitre, Director of IGRAC, tells me that IGRAC will be providing a link to the map shortly, which I will post.]
3) Here is a link to the International Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM) Programme.
4) A paper on the transboundary (Jordan - Saudi Arabia) Disi aquifer project by Eugenia Ferragina and Francesca Greco.
5) Yesterday I convened a side event at 5WWF that emphasized TB GW:
Here are pdfs of the presentations. I added a presentation I made in 2007 on North American TB GW that I did not give at 5WWF.
As a final note, rest assured that the folks at 5WWF are now aware of ground water. More later!
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